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The Origins of Proslavery Christianity: White and Black Evangelicals in Colonial and Antebellum Virginia

Charles F. Irons


In the colonial and antebellum South, black and white evangelicals frequently prayed, sang, and worshipped together. Even though white evangelicals claimed spiritual fellowship with those of African descent, they nonetheless emerged as the most effective defenders of race-based slavery. As this book argues, white evangelicals' ideas about slavery grew directly out of their interactions with black evangelicals. Set in Virginia, the largest slaveholding state and the hearth of the southern evangelical movement, this book draws from church records, denominational newspapers, slave narratives, and ... More

Keywords: South, evangelicalism, slavery, black evangelicals, slave narratives, African American evangelicals, proslavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831946
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807888896_irons


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles F. Irons, author